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Oct 26
Jennifer Nelson & Jimin Seo, hosts

Keegan Lester Sarah Sala Kevin Shea Curtis Jensen
New season, new hosts.

Keegan Lester is a poet who was born in Southern California and at an early age became severely displeased with that place and the idea of place in general. Over the last six years he has spent as much of his free time on the road and abroad as possible. His next adventure will hopefully take him to Africa and the Middle East. He more recently has lived in West Virginia, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He attends Columbia University's School of the Arts MFA program for poetry and is also the co-founder and curator of the monthly reading series and blog Metro-Rhythm, in Williamsburg.

Sarah Sala, a second-year poetry student at New York University, is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the University of Michigan’s literary magazine, "Oleander Review."  Her awards and honors include the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Marjorie Rappaport Award for poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award for nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. A short selection of her poetry is forthcoming in January from Small Anchor Press in the Dory Reader Chapbook Series. She also serves as Head Coach of the NYU Crew Program.

Kevin Shea is a Poetry MFA candidate at The New School in New York, NY. His work has previously appeared in The Alembic, Asinine Poetry, and The Equalizer. He hails from Boston, MA, and was raised on a peninsula reachable only by one long, two-mile stretch of road.

Curtis Jensen is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Program at Brooklyn College. His work is published in The Bridge, the Sugar House Review, Precipitate and forthcoming The Equalizer and No, Dear. Prior to Brooklyn, he has lived and worked in Utah, Wyoming, and Ukraine. He maintains a blog at

Ratzo B. Harris, bass;  Denman Maroney, piano;  Bob Meyer, drums
Trio PBD image
Trio PBD was formed in April by Denman Maroney (piano), Bob Meyer (drums), and Ratzo Harris (bass). Master drummer BOB MEYER has had a long and distinguished career, playing and recording with the likes of Joe Lovano and John Scofield as well as co-leading the groups Jackalope (w/ John Abercrombie and Loren Stillman), The New Quartet (Abercrombie, Adam Kolker, and Johannes Weidenmuller) and his own group, Mount Airy. Award-winning pianist and composer DENMAN MARONEY uses extended techniques called “hyperpiano” and temporal harmony to create music in multiple tempos. Innovative bassist RATZO B. HARRIS applies extended bass techniques in mainstream and avant-garde settings. “Ratzo defies musical gravity as he explores, wanders and expounds upon the outer reaches of his instrument” (Peter La Barbera, The Jazz Zine). “Pianists have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly a century now, but it’s altogether likely that no one has explored the art of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as ‘hyperpianist’ Denman Maroney” (Time Out New York) “Meyer added color changes with his ride cymbal. During [Glen] Moore’s bass solo Meyer displayed exceptionally skillful playing, using his snare in clairvoyant unity with Waldron’s left-hand comping” (Earshot Jazz - Seattle)
 Cover $10
Wednesday Oct 27 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Martha Rhodes, featured poet;  Rachel Eliza Griffiths Jack Lynch Kamilah Aisha Moon

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jay Ungar , violin, mandolin;  Molly Mason, guitar, piano;  Ruthy Ungar, violin, guitar;  Mike Merenda, banjo, percussion
Mike + Ruthy's Folk City is the new 4th-Wednesday series at Cornelia Street Cafe. This month Mike + Ruthy will be inviting the family on stage for a heart-warming evening of American roots music! Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay's composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' The Civil War on PBS. When the whole family band gets together, they'll have your toes tapping with everything from cajun to celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing.

reservations strongly reccommended
 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)

Mike + Ruthy's Folk City,  (Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band) image
Oct 28
Luigi Bonafini and Gil Fagiani, hosts

Poets of the Italian Diaspora: from Latin America to Australia

Readers will include Emelise Aleandri, Luigi Bonaffini, Peter Carravetta, Gaetano Cipolla, Gil Fagiani, Luigi Fontanella, Michael Palma, and Joseph Perricone.

Bob Stewart, tuba;  Jerome Harris, guitar;  Matt Wilson, drums;  Curtis Stewart, violin
Bob Stewart Quartet image
This ensemble is inspired by the music of Benin and will explore the string tradition through the virtuosity of Jerome Harris and Curtis Stewart. “The music of Benin, like New Orleans, has a strong brass and drum tradition where the Tuba and the Drum are the heart of the ensemble.” Compositions, along with vocals, makes this quartet a very colorful and personal experience.

"Bob Strewart is a great tuba player who solos with flexibility and can walk like a Bass" Tom Piazza, Jazz Magazine
 Cover $10

Oct 29
Jackie Sheeler, host

Amy King, featured poet
Fifth Friday of October? Don't worry. We provide a Son of Pony open mic hosted by Jackie Sheeler as an autumn treat.

Tonight's featur, Amy King is the author of I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, both from Blazevox Books, The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press), Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press), and most recently, Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox). Forthcoming is I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press).

Bob Stewart, tuba;  Jerome Harris, guitar;  Matt Wilson, drums;  Curtis Stewart, viola
Bob Stewart Quartet image
This ensemble is inspired by the music of Benin and will explore the string tradition through the virtuosity of Jerome Harris and Curtis Stewart. “The music of Benin, like New Orleans, has a strong brass and drum tradition where the Tuba and the Drum are the heart of the ensemble.” Compositions, along with vocals, makes this quartet a very colorful and personal experience.

"Bob Strewart is a great tuba player who solos with flexibility and can walk like a Bass" Tom Piazza, Jazz Magazine
 Cover $10

Oct 30
Brant Lyon, host

Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX blasts off this month with two dynamite featured poets and veterans of the spoken word/poetry/music scene: E.J. ANTONIO and NGOMA.

E.J. Antonio speaks in rhythm to the blues and jazz with fierce grace. This dynamic poet has appeared at the Howl Festival and many other large gatherings. Awarded fellowships to NYSA, Hurston/Wright and Cave Canem, her work has been published widely. She has just-released her CD, Rituals in the Marrow: Recipe for a Jam Session.

Ngoma is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness that encourages critical thought. He’s been featured in the documentary, Apro-Poets with Allen Ginsberg, and hosted the Martin Luther King Festival slam at Yale University for the past 15 years. His latest CD, State of Emergency, tells it like it is, and he plays a mean digideroo!

Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Andrew D Angelo, alto saxophone;  Ben Street, bass;  RJ Miller, drums
Bill McHenry Quartet image
Tenor Saxophonist Bill McHenry brings two other Maine natives with him to this Cornelia St appearance, the respected Ben Street, on the bass, and young protege' RJ Miller on the drums. Joining him on alto saxophone is one of contemporary music's unique voices, Andrew D'Angelo.

Andrew and Bill headlined Badplus member Reid Anderson's "Vastness of Space" album in 1999, and Andrew joined Bill's group in 2 week long stints at the Village Vanguard, documented on NPR's "Live at the Village Vanguard" series. They'll be playing the blues, some pretty ballads and original music by Bill.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Oct 31
Sam Sadigursky , saxophone;  Jeremy Udden, saxophone;  Linda Oh, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Sam Sadigursky/Jeremy Udden  image
Two of New York's most noted bandleaders and saxophonists join forces to lead a special quartet celebrating 15 years of friendship, collaboration, and a mutual love for rhythm, sound, harmony, costumes, and pagan ritual. Individually, the two have toured internationally and performed with musicians like Lee Konitz, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, Matt Wilson, Brad Mehldau, and Ray Brown. Sadigursky has released three albums as a leader, all combining poetry and text with song, while Jeremy is currently preparing to release his third CD, which will feature his group Plainville.

Melodic, ruminative, nostalgic and fresh at the same time. SEATTLE TIMES

"Profound... sublime..." Jazzman Magazine, France
 Cover $10

Nov 01
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10

Melody Fader, piano
Melody Fader plays piano music of Chopin and Mendelssohn image
Melody Fader is a New York Based pianist. She has a special affinity for the music of Chopin, but is at ease playing music from all other eras, from baroque through current day composers. Miss Fader is the resident pianist for the New Chamber Ballet, which performs five times each year at City Center Studios in New York City. She has recently performed chamber music with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, as well as playing many solo Chopin recitals around the country this past year, honoring the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. She is currently in the process of releasing a new album Chopin's piano music, and will be performing Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Farmington Valley Symphony this December. Miss Fader also has a love for dance, movement, inter arts collaborations, and has a yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus. Miss Fader is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music.

"...a selection of Gyorgy Ligetie's etudes for piano, performed with great panache by Melody Fader"-Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Tom Tallitsch, tenor, soporano saxophones;  Victor Baker, guitar;  Trifon Dimitrov, bass;  Matt Garritty, drums
Tom Tallitsch image
Tom Tallitsch is a World Class Saxophonist, Origin Records Recording Artist, Composer, Music Educator, and Jazz Radio Host. Since his arrival in 1996 from the Midwest, he has established himself as a major player on the jazz scene in Philadelphia and New York, maintaining a rigorous performance schedule. Tom has played and recorded with many of the area's top musicians and has 3 albums to his name on ‘Jazzweek Magazine’s Best Jazz Label of 2009’, Origin/OA2 Records He has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes, JazzReview.Com, AllAboutJazz, and in 2010 rose to #27 on The Jazzweek U.S. radio charts for his album "Perspective".

“Tallitsch blows his tenor with confidence, at times hearkening the vibrancy of Joe Henderson, all the while showcasing an artistic voice, curious and exploring. ”- All About Jazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 02
Angelo Nikolopoulos

Alex Dimitrov Meghan O'Rourke Mark Wunderlich Annabelle Yeeseul Yoo
Alex Dimitrov is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have appeared in the Yale Review, Best New Poets 2009, the Southwest Review, and other journals. He works at the Academy of American Poets, frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine, and has been the recipient of a Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan.

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of Halflife (W.W. Norton). A former poetry editor for The Paris Review, she is currently the culture critic for Slate magazine and a founding editor of the web site Double X. She is the recipient of the 2008 May Sarton Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, 32 Poems, and more. Her nonfiction account of grieving in America, The Long Goodbye, will be published in 2011.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Anchorage (1999), which won the Lambda Literary Award. The recipient of two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and the Writers at Work Fellowship, he has published individual poems, essays, reviews and interviews in the Paris Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Fence and elsewhere. He is currently Professor of Literature at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Annabelle Yeeseul Yoo earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she was Poetry Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature. She is also a recipient of the 2009 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a summer 2010 residency at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her poems can be found in such venues as Boston Review, Chelsea, the Journal, jubilat, LIT and Western Humanities Review.

Angelo Nikolopoulos is a retired high school teacher currently pursuing an MA at NYU’s creative writing program, where he also serves as the managing editor of the Washington Square Review. He also works as a writing fellow at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and is the founder of The White Swallow reading series.

Julie Hardy, Host

Julie Hardy, vocals;  Mark Shilansky, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums;  special guests
Blue Tuesdays:Julie Hardy image
One of the most distinctive voices among the growing ranks of female jazz singers belongs to Julie Hardy. The New York Times critic Nate Chinen describes her as a "musically astute and thoughtfully modern jazz singer." As a singer who wears many hats, she can be heard singing indie pop, jingles, or backing up a rock band on piano. Tonight she returns to jazz, her first love, accompanied by dear friends and amazing musicians; Mark Shilansky on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass and Jared Schonig on drums. She will revisit songs from her critically acclaimed sophmore release "The Wish" (World Cutlure Music) and well as new selections.

"Julie Hardy's new CD, The Wish, builds on the reputation of a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands: candlelit standards (“I Wish I Knew,” “All Or Nothing at All”), repurposed pop hits (Lennon/McCartney's “I'm Looking Through You”), effortless improvisation and a strong writer's pen. See her now, while it's easy.” - K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York

$7 Cover for New School, CCNY Students w/ID
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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